Social Protection and Social Development

  • James MidgleyEmail author
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Part of the Social Work book series (SOWO)


This chapter discusses the role of social protection (also known as social security or income protection) in social development. It traces the expansion of social protection over the last two decades and shows how cash transfers and similar innovative programs are promoting social development by reducing poverty, fostering sustainable economic development, and promoting social justice. The chapter points out that its contribution can be significantly enhanced by improving coverage, administrative efficiency, financing, and integration with national development objectives. These improvements are needed if social protection is to contribute effectively to the goal of achieving well-being and social justice which have long characterized social development policy and practice.


Social development Social protection Cash transfers Poverty Redistribution Social justice Gender Economic growth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Berkley CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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